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Continuous light lines have been part of architectural lighting for many years. This lighting technique – mostly used for purely functional reasons since the invention of the tubular lamp – has become part of architects and designers creative mindset, be it for quite different reasons.
Simply aligning fluorescent lamps is not only cost effective and practical, it also creates a line that goes straight through the room, giving the impression that it is bigger. Light lines can also be considered as the artificial copy of the long skylight windows, imitating the effect of daylight, making the rooms seem higher and providing a greater sense of light.
Unlike the industrial use – where light lines often appear hard and cold – architects and designers position light lines in a more discrete or graphical way, emphasizing on experiencing the room rather than showing the fixture. This creates an atmosphere of soft general light, adding serenity and comfort to the room. Besides make the room seem bigger, they also give direction and can be used to accentuate walls, surfaces and structures. Alcove lighting for example is widely used, together with the trimless aluminum profiles in ceilings and walls. Suspended straight lines of light make the light float through space, especially in combination with indirect lighting. One can also create a more graphical lighting scheme onto surfaces to accentuate the structure of the building.
Light lines can easily be combined with other light sources like spotlighting. One can create a dynamic lighting scheme with colored light on walls or objects or indirectly onto ceilings. This has gained in recent years much importance due to the further development of LED technology. Together with the fluorescent tube this technology is mostly used in cove lighting and light lines. Led fixtures require less space enabling to create thinner lines and curves, following organic lines in the architecture of the building.
In the future light lines will be used in a more three dimensional way. Passing from ceiling onto wall and floating through space, the integration of light into matter and structure of buildings enhances the architectural atmosphere. The improper use of it may create an unpleasant feeling or give a perception of cold atmosphere. Therefore it should be part of an integrated approach between architects and lighting designers towards the design of spaces and there functionality.
An essential part in the quality of architecture is the quality of light, even the most discrete and invisible mounting of the luminaire makes the light not getting unnoticed by the observer.